This week’s pick: Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
We all know how the story ends—but do you know how it starts? The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most horrific events in our nation’s history, and one students are taught about from an early age. But as much I thought I knew about that time in history, O’Reilly’s gripping thriller kept me turning pages to learn more about the disturbing events that lead up to that bloody day.
Written more in the style of a suspense novel than a non-fiction book, Killing Lincoln is sure to attract readers both already interested in reading non-fiction and those new to the genre. If you enjoy movies like The Conspirator you’re sure to enjoy this book. While he wasn’t a vampire hunter, Abraham Lincoln’s life from the time the Confederacy began to fall to his last night is filled with tension, made even more thrilling by O’Reilly’s writing style.
Expertly written in a way that keeps the reader hooked, his gripping prose connects the reader viscerally not only to Lincoln, but to his troops, General Lee, and the Confederate soldiers struggling to keep fighting a war they know they cannot win. The more I read, the more empathy I felt for the men whose names I’ve heard growing up that now I could envision as flesh and blood human beings. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for an engaging read, this book needs to be on your list.
— Meg Schlegel, Assistant Blog Editor
Editor’s Notes: Meg Schlegel is in her senior year, and is a double major in Theology and English with a minor in Spanish. An avid reader, she loves the classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, andDracula, historical fiction and non-fiction.